by jennifer kiley

i became addicted to words & the dictionary at a very young age. it enabled me to discover the meaning of life. i would start with one word & within the definition of that word I would discover another word that needed defining. it was a path of learning that led me to the understanding of my world. the people around me, when i was a child, were no help in guiding me toward knowledge. instead they wanted to keep me in darkness. i wanted to follow the light into a foundation for wisdom. reading this post reminded me of those days. i rediscovered that delight that reading the dictionary brought to me as a child when i discovered wordnik in its infancy. the site was like discovering pure joy. it is a regular tab opened always on my web browser. when i want to be amused & delve into the experience of the pure ecstacy of following the word trail, that may have started out as a feeling i wanted to understand on a deeper level, wordnik would satisfy my need. it would help me to grasp the multi-dimensions of that which i was seeking. also, when i am in the middle of working on a writing project, whether it be for a blog post or poem or a comment or working on a screenplay, wordnik is my go to source for discovering the exact word or words i was trying to think of in my mind to fit precisely what it was i wanted as the perception of my idea. this post titled “dictionaries” elaborates on a plethora of choices beyond wordnik that would satisfy any wordsmith who reached orgasmic satsifaction from the world of words & their importance to writers or anyone who wants to understand more in depth that which they are reading or speaking, or just in listening to what the world is trying to share with us. a great post worth the time to read.

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At a WordPress conference this past weekend, I learned about an online service called Wordnik that brings social interaction to online dictionary use. In addition to a word of the day, a blog, and some community features, the site has a pretty snappy search engine and provides etymologies, synonyms, contexts, pronunciations, and the ability to save word lists (for example “words I’d like to use one day”). The site also aggregates tweets and Flickr images relevant to a given word, and you can comment on and tag words to add metadata of your own. I haven’t played with it much, but it looks kind of neat. If you’re a word nerd like me, maybe Wordnik will be up your alley; I’m still trying to figure out a good way to incorporate it seamlessly into my reading and writing on the web.

Poking around at the Wordnik site got me to…

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4 thoughts on “dictionaries

  1. I love…
    Every second of the writing process. I am lost in it, consumed by it, but then have to crash through the gates of reality to publish. What I love is scattered to the winds.
    I love…
    Beautiful prose, that by its very nature uplifts and allows soul into life. A thing-in-itself, a work of art, a thing of beauty, It is simple, uncluttered by adverbs and adjectives. It is not over-lofty but deeply thoughtful.
    I love…
    Those writers who defiantly re-arrange words to paint pictures of light as well as dark and who are brave enough to shrink from neither.
    I love….
    Good grammar. In fact when it is that good, it subtly challenges the rules.
    I love…
    Prose that contains within itself consistency of metaphor and lends three-dimensional depth to character.
    I love…
    When a reader knows how characters think and feel and are able to identify with those intimacies, as though the writer were speaking from one heart directly to another.
    I love…
    Writing that is musical, has rhythm and timbre. Even if it describes Hell, it does so beautifully…
    I love words.
    I love writing them, speaking them, playing with them, teasing them into performance.


  2. Hello, (i tried sending this via email but wasn’t able to complete delivery)
    I love your words, Your comment on my post Dictionaries on my wordpress site thesecretkeeper.net so moved me. They overwhelmed me with their power. I read them in the middle of the night last night and since have been thinking about how I wanted to respond to them. I hope I am not being too presumptuous, but I would seriously like to ask you if you would allow me to create a guest blog post just for the comment you posted. Your words should be shared in a perfect display. I would include links to your various sites, esp. to Plum Tree Press and emphasize the two books I so love that you have written and put together: “Orange Petals In a Storm” and “Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence.” Whatever you would like in the post. So, what do you think about this?

    I would like to follow your guest post with a post that was written awhile ago by someone close to me. Your post would compliment it perfectly. Or, even better said, they would compliment the other, as though they were twins.

    Let me know what you think about this idea. I would be honored if you were in agreement with my request.

    I Love Words,


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